Arundel Castle in Sussex

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle has been a family home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years, and is one of the longest inhabited country houses in all of England. Arundel Castle History Arundel Castle was first founded in 1067 on Christmas Day, …

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The Trebuchet

The Trebuchet

The Trebuchet was the most fearsome medieval weapon in the middle ages. Capable of smashing castle fortifications and slinging rotten carcases over castle walls. It was so formidable that on some occasions castles under siege surrendered upon the mere sight of a Trebuchet being constructed …

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King Aethelred I of Wessex

King Aethelred I of Wessex

King Aethelred (Æthelred or ‘Noble Council’) was the third eldest surviving son of Aethelwulf, and King of Wessex from 866-871. Aethelred’s reign was dogged by Viking battles against the ‘Great Heathen Army’, that would ultimately lead to his death in 871. Aethelred played a major …

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The Longbow

The Longbow

The longbow was one of the most deadly medieval weapons of the middle ages that could be used by a single soldier. A small cluster of bowmen, each armed with the longbow, could wipe out scores of invaders with every ‘loose’ of the bow. A …

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Haunting Church Wall Graffiti

Plague Graffiti

A church in Kingston, Cambridgeshire has revealed a haunting glimpse into the horrors of the plague during medieval times. We can only imagine what Medieval daily life was like! Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey volunteers were carrying out a survey on pre-Reformation graffiti in the …

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is a glorious Scottish castle situated between three lochs, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, on it’s own island. The site itself has been fortified since the Iron Age, however the castle you see now was rebuilt from ruins one hundred years …

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Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover Castle sits on top of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, a spectacular vantage point for any castle. Building of the stone castle you see today, began in the 1160s by Henry II, and was built on the site of an ancient Iron Age fort. …

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The Catapult

The Catapult

The Catapult worked alongside the Trebuchet as a medieval siege weapon in the middle ages. The Catapult was used to launch projectiles a great distance, and remains one of the most effective medieval weapons during warfare. Catapults were mainly used to lay siege to castles …

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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle Main

Warwick Castle lies in the heart of the ancient kingdom of Mercia, on a bend on the River Avon. It was originally the site of an Anglo-Saxon burgh, constructed by Æthelflæd, daughter of Alfred the Great in 914. Later, the norman invader William the Conqueror, rebuilt the burgh …

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